Actually, am I perfectionist in filling up my car with manufacturer recommended type of petrol (gas)?
Or is a surgeon perfectionist in washing his hands before attending the operation?
Is he techie by doing this? Obviously no.
I know full well and I had that negative experience shooting with miss calibrated long lens wide open. It ruined the gig for me. It takes 5-10 minutes then get AFMA right anyway. Why would not do it properly?
Yes, I like that to be prepared and be on top of the issue
But no one ever called me a techie for being well organised person.
There is a distinct line between compulsive gear centric perfectionist and someone that can utilise his technical knowledge in achieving better artistic outcomes.
Some people are happy shooting with their canon L glass and never gave a second thought that AFMA was required. I have met many professional photos that never ever calibrated their Canon L glass even once.
Only when you cross into big whites territory or shooting wide open with F1.4 primes you start to realise that AFMA is a nessesity due to very thin DoF
I guess, netizens of this forum have somewhat higher technical standards due to the fact that they are involved in very technical genres of photography, Astro, macro, panorama, BIF, wildlife, sports and action. Heck, even studio photography can be technically challenging starting up multiple sources of light , modifiers and ratios. Well, if one cares of course
I guess one can call me techie, my day job is in technology heavy sector but far from being a technical employee or engineer.
My experience though is that creativity in many cases can suffer if tools required to maintain that creative outcomes is out of tune by mile.
So, in the outset: get you gear in tune, be prepared it helps to capture that unique moment of your life
Another "problem" is being a compulsive "perfectionist" I should know! I just wish perfectionist and perfection would occasionally align. But ..... at least I try.